FBM Runner-Up at Trans Provence24. June 2016, Menton, France — Melanie Leveau — Enduro Team
Winner of the race in 2014, François Bailly-Maître was keen to shine again at the Trans Provence, a stage race through the Provence region of France.
Trans-Provence or the “Original Alpine MTB Rally” as they like to call themselves, is a brutal six-day stage race that takes 80 riders from Embrun to the Mediterrean Sea in Menton near Nice.With a total of 271km, 9,177m of climbing, 18,003m of descent and 24 timed stages, the race is one of the toughest out there.
François Bailly-Maître couldn’t take part to the race in 2015 due to a broken scapula. This year, the French rider, currently ranked 6th in the EWS, was ready to get back to the top of the podium. Unfortunately, Nicolas Lau – 2015 winner – wouldn’t let him do so. After winning the first day of racing, the Frenchman didn’t let anyone threaten his lead, and he won another two days of racing, even building on his lead over Bailly-Maître, Marco Osborne, Gustav Wildhaber and Yoann Barelli. The hierarchy didn’t change much throughout the race and Lau eventually won the event with a bit more than a 30-seconds advantage after two and a half hours of racing.
Although he didn’t get to the top step of the podium, FBM is satisfied with his second place: “Nico (Lau) is very strong at stage races. He was definitely the strongest this week and rode consistently so I have no regrets. I’m happy with a good week of racing with no mechanicals and only one crash on the first day. This week of hard work will definitely help me a lot for the second half of the season!”
The Frenchman will take part to the Megavalanche in l’Alpe d’Huez on the 10th of July before heading to La Thuile, Italy for the round four of the Enduro World Series on the 16th and 17th of July.
- Nicolas Lau
- François Bailly-Maître
- Gustav Wildhaber
Full results here.
Photo credit: Sven Martin and Irmo Keizer